Cost of Living

How to ask for a pay rise
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Personal finance

How to ask for a pay rise

A higher salary is the best way to combat the cost of living crisis. Ask for a pay rise now, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
24 May 2022
How not to get beaten by inflation
Jerome Powell
Inflation

How not to get beaten by inflation

With inflation at 9%, and the bank rate at 1% you’re not going to get a real return on cash. But there are steps you can take to beat inflation, says …
19 May 2022
Inflation is now at its highest since 1982 – is this the peak?
Price signs on a clothes stall
Inflation

Inflation is now at its highest since 1982 – is this the peak?

At 9%, UK inflation is at its highest for 40 years – and it’s not going anywhere soon, says John Stepek. That means you need to be much more active a…
18 May 2022
The UK jobs market is still red hot – but will it last?
Staff wanted poster
UK Economy

The UK jobs market is still red hot – but will it last?

For the first time ever, there are more job vacancies than people to fill them, and wages are rising at a decent clip. But that might just be a tempor…
17 May 2022
Calculate your personal inflation rate
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Personal finance

Calculate your personal inflation rate

This useful calculator lets you see the effect of price rises on your budget, to calculate your own personal inflation rate.
12 May 2022
The cost of living crisis is getting worse, here's what to do about it
Personal finance

The cost of living crisis is getting worse, here's what to do about it

Nicole Garcia Merida looks at ways to lessen the effects of the cost of living crisis.
6 Apr 2022
The cost of living crisis just got worse – happy Bleak Friday
Investment strategy

The cost of living crisis just got worse – happy Bleak Friday

Today is "Bleak Friday", when your energy bill goes up along with big rises for council tax, food and petrol. There's no easy solution to the cost of …
1 Apr 2022
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Why we are in a cost of living crisis today
Inflation

Why we are in a cost of living crisis today

The cost of living crisis is a function of several factors. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what is behind it and how to prepare for it.
1 Apr 2022
Will there be a recession this year?
UK Economy

Will there be a recession this year?

With household finances getting squeezed hard, the UK's consumption-led economy could be heading for a recession. John Stepek looks at what could go w…
29 Mar 2022
Should we levy a windfall tax on Big Oil's big profits?
Energy

Should we levy a windfall tax on Big Oil's big profits?

Soaring oil prices mean huge profits for energy firms. Politicians are keen to impose windfall taxes, but that could discourage vital investment in ne…
26 Mar 2022
What makes up the price of a litre of petrol?
Budget

What makes up the price of a litre of petrol?

Rishi Sunak cut fuel duty by 5p today’s Spring Statement. But duty is only one component of the petrol price. Saloni Sardana explains just what makes…
23 Mar 2022
The National Insurance rise is not needed – Sunak should have ditched it
Budget

The National Insurance rise is not needed – Sunak should have ditched it

With our public finances in better shape than many people think, the chancellor's decision not to ditch the rise in National Insurance contributions i…
23 Mar 2022
How to manage your money as inflation just keeps rising
Inflation

How to manage your money as inflation just keeps rising

Uk inflation is at a 30-year high – and it won't be falling any time soon. So what can you do? John Stepek explains how to manage your money to combat…
23 Mar 2022
Who will pay for the cost of living crisis?
UK Economy

Who will pay for the cost of living crisis?

The cost of living is rising fast. You may be expecting the chancellor to use his spring Budget to help ease it. But you’re likely to be disappointed,…
21 Mar 2022
Russia, Ukraine and the coming global food crisis
Global Economy

Russia, Ukraine and the coming global food crisis

The war in Ukraine has disrupted food and fertiliser exports, pushing up prices and threatening a global calamity.
19 Mar 2022
Oil passes $110 a barrel as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues – here’s what it means for you
Global Economy

Oil passes $110 a barrel as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues – here’s what it means for you

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine intensifying, the price of oil, gas and petrol has soared even further. Saloni Sardana looks at what the future may …
2 Mar 2022
How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher
Soft commodities

How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven energy prices up. But with both nations major exporters of agricultural commodities, it could send food prices…
24 Feb 2022
How to cut the cost of living
Personal finance

How to cut the cost of living

Rising energy prices, inflation and the National Insurance hike will put many household budgets under strain from April. Ruth Jackson has some ideas o…
22 Feb 2022
Inflation is incredibly inconvenient, as we’re all about to learn
Inflation

Inflation is incredibly inconvenient, as we’re all about to learn

Inflation doesn't just eat into your wealth, it eats into your time – and can be devastating for those on the lowest incomes. And it's not going away …
21 Feb 2022
What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you
National Insurance

What the rise in National Insurance contributions means for you

National Insurance contributions are due to increase from 6 April. Saloni Sardana explains the reasons behind the rise, and how much it will cost you.
17 Feb 2022
Energy bills rebate: what is the government’s plan?
Personal finance

Energy bills rebate: what is the government’s plan?

The government recently said that it would rebate some of the cost of rising energy prices to consumers. Saloni Sardana looks at what's planned.
16 Feb 2022
UK inflation is now running at 8% a year – how much worse will it get?
Inflation

UK inflation is now running at 8% a year – how much worse will it get?

On one measure, UK inflation has hit 8% a year – and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. John Stepek looks for light at the end of the tun…
16 Feb 2022